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Dec. 13, 2018
Volume IX  |  Issue 50     
Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirms 
Nadia Kounang, CNN

Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016. The number of total drug overdoses jumped 54% each year between 2011 and 2016. In 2016, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths. According to Wednesday's report, which analyzed death certificates for drug overdose deaths between 2011 and 2016, fentanyl was involved in nearly 29% of all overdose deaths in 2016. In 2011, fentanyl was involved in just 4% of all drug fatalities.

Health Care IT Remains Hot Sector Despite Valuation Concerns: Finance Pros Say In KPMG-Leavitt Partners 2019 Outlook
PR Newswire

Health care IT remains a hot investment sector despite concerns about these companies being overvalued, according to KPMG-Leavitt Partners 2019 Investment Outlook, a survey of healthcare investment professionals. More than a third of respondents (34 percent) said they were most interested in investing in health care IT, followed by care management (31 percent), home health (23 percent), retail-centric medical groups (22 percent) and primary care practices (21 percent).
DeSantis Transition Panel Targets Lower Health Costs, Improved Care
Christine Sexton | News Service of Florida via Health News Florida
He may not have campaigned heavily on health care, but incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is promising to make it a priority now. Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nunez on
FL Governor's Mansion
Wednesday told members of DeSantis' Transition Committee on Health and Wellness that the panel is "well- equipped, eager and ready" to create a blueprint to help lower costs and improve people's health care. The committee will meet three times before submitting recommendations to the new administration, said Nunez, who is leading the committee along with Alan Levine, a former secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration who is now CEO of Ballad Health.

"What are the things we can do to make sure we can approach the overall health and wellness of future generations in a holistic way? In a way that that understands it's not just about the delivery of health care services but beyond?" Nunez asked the committee members.
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Top All Children's executives resign following Times report on heart surgeries  
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi | Tampa Bay Times  
The CEO of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital <in St. Petersburg, FL> and two other hospital administrators have resigned following a Tampa Bay Times investigation that found dramatic increases in the hospital's mortality rates for heart surgeries, Johns Hopkins announced Tuesday. In a statement, the health system said All Children's CEO Dr. Jonathan Ellen, Vice President Jackie Crain and Deputy Director of the hospital's Heart Institute Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs had resigned. Dr. Paul Colombani also stepped down as chair of the department of surgery, the statement said. He will "continue in a clinical capacity" at the hospital, a Johns Hopkins spokeswoman said. The Times investigation, "Heartbroken," reported that the mortality rate at the hospital's Heart Institute tripled between 2015 and 2017. Last year, it was the highest of any pediatric heart surgery program in Florida.
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